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BSAC announce Diving Conference 2014 award winners

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The BSAC Diving Conference 2014, which took place on Saturday (25th October) at the Birmingham NEC, saw delegates enjoy a packed and informative programme of BSAC news, diver training updates and open forums.

Conference speakers – renowned diving doctor Peter Wilmshurst and maritime archaeologist Peter Holt – informed and entertained the conference audience while BSAC Safety Advisor Brian Cumming introduced the findings of the latest Incident Report.

BSAC have announced the full list of BSAC Diving Conference 2014 award winners:

BSAC 1

COLINS & CHAMBERS OWI AWARD – for the most meritorious candidate on the Open Water Instructor course

  • Winner: Lee Evans

ANALOX AI AWARD – for the most meritorious candidate on the Advanced Instructor course

  • Winner: Chucky Kane

FIRST CLASS DIVER – awarded to the successful 2014 candidates

BSAC 2

  • Alan Brown, Dai Atkins, Dominic Robinson, Duncan Reed, Robert Sewell, Simon Child, John De Lara, Joli Riley

AP DIVING AWARD – awarded for the most admirable performance in the First Class Diver exam

  • Winner: Simon Child

NATIONAL INSTRUCTOR – awarded to the successful 2014 candidates

  • Maria Harwood, Martin ‘Smudge’ Smith

WEEZLE AWARD – awarded to the person who performs most meritoriously in the National Instructor exam

  • Winner: Martin ‘Smudge’ Smith

WILKINSON SWORD – awarded for the most admirable performance in a BSAC nationally assessed examination

  • Winner: Martin ‘Smudge’ Smith

BSAC SAFETY AWARD – presented in recognition of endeavouring to save a life without involving diving techniques

  • Winner: Colin Hill

ALAN BROADHURST AWARD – awarded for the use of good diving lifesaving techniques

Winners:

  • Malcolm Avis
  • Claude Carletide
  • Mark Edmunds
  • Zack Halim
  • Jim Hallyburton
  • David Horton
  • Natasha Scott
  • John Sharp
  • Martin Smith
  • Ian Stirling
  • Fraser Sweeny

HEINKE TROPHY 2014 – for the branch judged to have done the most infurthering the interest of BSAC and its members

BSAC 3

  • Winner: Bradford SAC
  • Commended: London No 1 Branch

BSAC EXPEDITION TROPHY – presented to the organizer of the most significant British diving expedition of the year

  • Winner: Darwin SAC

COLIN MCLEOD AWARD –to the person/s who in the opinion of the BSA Jubilee Trust has contributed to international cooperation and harmony in diving and associated activities

  • Winner: Dr Ian Calder

SCUBAPRO COUSTEAU AWARD – for the BSAC member who goes that extra mile in the promotion of the club’s aims and objectives

BSAC 4

  • Winner: Marg Baldwin

BSAC WRECK AWARD (new for 2014)

  • Winner: Severnside Sub Aqua Club – report on the SS Baygitano

Highly Commended:

  • Guildford Sub Aqua Club (HMT Pine)
  • Chester SAC (A tale of two trawlers.)
  • Calshot Sub Aqua Club (Sunderland Flying boat)
  • Richard Scarsbrook BSAC member individual entry (SS Stassa)

Commended:

  • Folkestone Sub Aqua Club (HMHS Anglia)
  • Mauritius Underwater group (HMS Sirius)

Thank you awards –

  • Chris Odell
  • Colin McCarthy
  • Jamie Heptonstall
  • Andy Botten
  • Steve Capes
  • Roy Evans
  • Kevin Holmes
  • Dave Bell
  • John Gibbon

For more photos and news from the BSAC Diving Conference 2014, Check out BSAC’s Facebook page here.

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The IMPERFECT Conservationist, Episode #3: Your Car But Less Impact – In 10 Seconds! (*and you DON’T have to ride your bike everywhere!) (Watch Video)

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In each video you will get your dose of “Conservation Empowerment” with a bite-sized way you can easily infuse conservation into YOUR busy day-to-day life. We can’t do it all, or do it perfectly but when it comes to being part of the solution, we can always do something! You’ve totally got this ; ) Be inspired, inspire others, do something good. Don’t forget to hit that subscribe button, and the bell so you know when my new videos post! More on my website and social channels too.

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An update from Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort…

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The team from ‘Indonesia’s Leading Dive Resort’ let us know what they’ve been doing during lockdown:

On Friday March 20th 2020, we waved goodbye to the last guests to leave us before Covid-related travel restrictions were introduced the following day. We suspected that global tourism would be effectively shut down for the rest of that year, but here we are over twelve months later, with no certainty as to when we can welcome our first international clients back to Bunaken.

We have not, however, been idle.

Our primary concern was for our staff. Having over 80 staff on contract, together with no revenue, gave us a dilemma. We immediately told all our employees that no one would be losing their job. To achieve this, we put everyone except senior managers on 50% salary in return for their working 50% of their contracted days. But with no guests and 40 employees present at any one time, how would they fill their days?

Easily.

Having been voted ‘Indonesia’s Leading Dive Resort’ by the World Travel Awards for the last three years, we knew we couldn’t simply close our doors and wait for the world to return to normal. We’re a jungle-based, coastal resort, and what we know for sure is that sea air and jungle encroachment (however good it smells and pretty it looks!) are no friends of ours. For the last year there’s been constant activity: painting, deep-cleaning, polishing, trimming, pruning, overhauling, servicing – so that when we’re ready to open, every aspect of the resort is in first-class condition

In addition to maintenance and refurbishment work, and with our new General Managers Ed Regeer and Shu Ming Chueng leading the way, we embarked on a comprehensive schedule of projects to improve and upgrade the infrastructure of the resort: re-roofing cottages, rebuilding walkways and bridges, reinforcing the jetty, refurbishing our dive boats, enlarging our organic garden, and rebuilding perimeter fencing.

Ed & Shu

As well as improving the resort and keeping our staff employed, this has also provided benefits to the local economy; we regularly employ additional craftsmen on a week-by-week basis, and nearly all raw materials are bought in Bunaken or nearby Manado.

But there are other ways that the resort has continued to support the island and the local community: because we make our own fresh water (the only fresh water on Bunaken), we supply it to the local villagers, and we also provide electricity and fresh water to the nearby Balai ranger station. We have devoted labour and materials to assist the repair and ongoing maintenance of the main arterial road (albeit it’s a motorcycle path, as there aren’t any cars on Bunaken!) that links the three major villages on the island, and we have expanded our mangrove planting programme.

We also continue to provide emergency medical evacuation to the mainland for anyone who needs it, and our Emergency First Responders are occasionally called upon to administer first aid to islanders who have been involved in motorcycle accidents in the vicinity of the resort.

Finally, and like any other diving resort anywhere in the world, we are fighting a continuous battle against the garbage which so thoughtlessly ends up in the ocean, and which then sometimes washes up on our doorstep. As well as cleaning up our own beach and mangroves, we assist other resorts in cleaning up theirs, and we contribute regularly to the brilliant efforts of Trash Heroes Bunaken.

While we may not have had any guests for the last year, we’ve certainly been extremely busy, and this means that Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort will be in fantastic shape to welcome new and returning guests as soon as restrictions are lifted, and international travel begins to return to something like normal.

We’re operating an extremely flexible reservations scheme, with currently only 10%deposit. For more information, please visit www.bunakenoasis.com or contact info@bunakenoasis.com.

On behalf of the owners and managers of Bunaken Oasis, we’d like to say a huge thank you to those guests who had booked with us but have had to rearrange their holiday plans because of the pandemic. Given the ongoing uncertainty, we’re happy to reschedule your dates as needed, and we look forward to offering you the warmest Bunaken welcome just as soon as we’re able to!

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